I'll get my only problem out of the way first - I absolutely disagree about the score, as good as it was. But that's by and by. I generally agree with the rest.
But what I really liked about your review, is that the characterisation point you made has helped me with something here.
Since December, I have been trying to work out why, objectively I know Rogue One is the better film but my heart prefers The Force Awakens. It's not that the latter has similarities to A New Hope, because I am too aware of that (albeit it's nowhere near as bad as some people would have us believe) and thoroughly enjoyed that Rogue One had an overall different feel. No, it's because at the end, I too cared more about Rey than Jyn, and so on.
Looking at it from the flip side though - as I often try to do in pretty much everything in life - I suppose I always suspected that the characters wold die at the end of Rogue One. Whereas with Rey and co, I am excited to see where their journey is headed, so death held little fear for those characters; other than the almost anti-climatic yet oddly enjoyable random return of Poe Dameron, of course!
Ultimately I love both films and I'm not even sure it's entirely fair to compare them, as the restrictions on Rogue One and the inevitable nostalgia of The Force Awakens (albeit some of it didn't need to be there; I don't suppose Rey needed to be on a sand planet, and I'm really not convinced there needed to be another super weapon) create their own advantages and disadvantages. But yes, your point about characterisation definitely helped me sort that out in my head, so thanks for that.
Bottom line is that Star Wars is darn exciting again for many of us :)
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Carson -- Of course this is all subjective... but I'm kinda partial to Yoda's theme too...
Agree with everything, but best score since the first? Surely Empire Strikes Back has a better soundtrack, no? Han and Leia's theme, Yoda's theme, the rebel fleet theme at the end, not to mention the Imperial March.
Thanks for weighing in, Wittier!
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Has a good look from the commercials. I really like movies Affleck directs. Reminded me of Miller's Crossing. I'm a bit concerned about 3 female leads. It's a gangster movie. See Miller's Crossing.
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"The segment where the family is tormented by the rednecks on a lonely Texas highway is almost unbearably tense and horrifying. The worst thing you could imagine happening comes to pass and, even though you see it coming from miles away (just like the family does with the headlights of their attackers), it's still deeply unsettling to witness."
Rednecks! And they rape women! Lol. Is this what consitutes a "challenging work of art"?
Actually I *am* in said middle ground! Having read the short story before seeing the movie I admire the valiant attempt making the latter - but must still state that the source material moved me so much more.
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For a more measured and serious look to Oliver Stone's "Snowden", consider David Walsh's analysis. Walsh has also written on the live broadcast interview with Snowden.
You may profit from reading this marvelous review of "Sully" by Joanne Laurier. Indeed, your readers might enjoy seeing her reviews alternate with Mr. Rasic's efforts. Jared would no doubt appreciate a break from writing.
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I agree. You don't joke about things that people can't help.Reese Witherspoon has a very
unusual chin but I think she is a great beauty as is Christinia Ricci. If we all looked alike that
would be very sad. You should feel very bad making all those comments. If Ms. Ricci read this she
may be hurt by it. Have you ever heard the old saying if you don't have anything nice to say
about anybody don't say anything at all?
Keep up the great reviews. Thanks! C
Vin hasn't played D&D for 30 years... He just recently learned how to play. YouTube "Vin Diesel learns D&D." What happened to journalists doing RESEARCH?
Sad that one of the better films of the year didn't last two weeks at the Regal.
I think youre being way to hard on the film. It is a work of art compared to that drivel "The Dark Knight Rises"
I disagree. The Saboteur was a highly underrated video game. Granted it may not be a masterpiece, but point out to me another classy video game set in WWII Nazi-Occuppied France with addictive gunplay and gorgeous graphics? And by the way, almost every possible Paris landmark exists within the game and to excruciating detail - perhaps you put it down to soon to see?
You called it! "whether it be Star Wars, Rocky Horror, or Lord of the Rings—connect us with our tribe and remind us that we're not alone in the world of having that one fictional thing that we connect with above all else"
Dude, thanks for this awesome review. Am totally getting my men's group together to go see it. This will totally save my ass from the last time I got 'em to go see Die Hard 5...
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